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What is ‘critical information infrastructure’? There is a need for a more integrated and strategic approach to securing critical information infrastructure, as they are so crucial to the economic, social and political wellbeing of the country. Examine.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment

6. What is ‘critical information infrastructure’? There is a need for a more integrated and strategic approach to securing critical information infrastructure, as they are so crucial to the economic, social and political wellbeing of the country. Examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Indian ExpressInsights on India

Why the question:

The Union Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) has declared IT resources of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and UPI managing entity NPCI as ‘critical information infrastructure’.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about critical information infrastructure and need for new approach to protect it.

Directive word: 

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must investigate the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by defining critical information infrastructure.

Body:

First, write about the various components of critical information infrastructure and its importance to economic, social and political wellbeing of the country.

Next, write about the measures that are currently put in place for protecting it and their limitations.

Next, write about the new approach that must be taken to protect critical information infrastructure in the country.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward.